Bowl Preview and Prediction: BYU vs Utah (Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl)
Bowl season is officially here and we begin our previews with a matchup of school’s separated by a grand total of 48 miles. BYU and Utah played every season from 1946 to 2013, until the Utes dropped the rivalry game to play a home-and-home series against Michigan.
While the Las Vegas Bowl might not sound enticing, these teams do not like each other and I can guarantee it will be a hard-fought game.
Motivation for BYU: The Cougars will be playing their final game under Bronco Mendenhall, who was named Virginia’s new coach after spending 11 seasons at BYU. Mendenhall is beloved by his players and they will want to send their coach out with a victory.
Motivation for Utah: The Utes have won four straight against the Cougars and will want to continue that winning streak against their in-state rival. Utah head coach Kyle Wittingham is 8-1 in bowl games, and a victory will definitely help on the recruiting trail.
Player to watch for Utah: Travis Wilson, the 6’7 signal caller will be playing in his 46th career game and has thrown for 54 TD’s and over 7,000 yards. Wilson will not get rattled and provides great leadership, as the senior is playing in his final game for the Utes.
Player to watch for BYU: Freshman QB Tanner Mangum. Mangum was forced into the starting role after Taysom Hill was hurt in the opener. Mangum threw Hail Mary touchdowns to beat Nebraska and Boise State in consecutive weeks, and finished the regular season with 3,062 passing yards with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
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